Maclovia Cavazos Cribbs

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Maclovia Cavazos Cribbs

November 30, 1922 - November 13, 2018

Maclovia Cavazos Cribbs Maclovia Cavazos Cribbs, 95, of Stockbridge, Georgia, formerly of Cleburne, Texas passed away peacefully on November 13, 2018 in her Stockbridge home.
Born on November 30, 1922 in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Maclovia was a beloved wife, mother, and friend. A highly respected operating room nurse, she was a veteran of both the United States Army and the United States Air Force. Her military service included duty in the European and Pacific Theaters during WWII and the Korean War. Maclovia's civilian nursing career included working at both the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Temple, Texas and at Johnson County Memorial Hospital in Cleburne, Texas.
Following graduation from Saint Mary's Nursing School in Galveston Texas, Maclovia's military service began at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She was immediately swept up in one of the first mass Army mobile hospital deployments of WWII. Maclovia felt privileged to be a member of the 194th General Hospital as it began its historic deployment by train from Texas to Camp Miles Standish, Maine and continued by ship, the USS West Point, to Scotland. From there she traveled by train to Great Britain, and across the English Channel to France where her unit established a satellite unit of the 194th General Hospital outside of Paris.
Maclovia personally experienced one of the defining moments of the war. This small town girl from South Texas stood on the "blacked out" Champs-Elysees at the very instant the lights returned to Paris - flooding the night sky, illuminating the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triompe as fireworks blazed, signaling the end of the war in Europe. Years later, she said it was still almost unfathomable to believe she had been there.
During the Korean conflict, promoted to captain, Maclovia, served as an Air Force nurse assigned in the Pacific Theater. Her Air Evacuation Unit was responsible for the medical evacuation of wounded military from Midway and the Philippines to Hickam Field, Hawaii and Travis Air Force Base, California. She was present on the flight line in Hawaii for General MacArthur's departure ceremony in April 1951.
In 1951, Maclovia married Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Cribbs. She accompanied her husband on military assignments around the world until his retirement when they moved to Cleburne, Texas. In Cleburne, they raised their four children and Maclovia continued her nursing career. For over twenty years, she was a valued and respected nurse and operating room supervisor at the Johnson County Memorial Hospital.
Maclovia is survived by her four children, retired Brigadier General Maria Owens, (Retired Colonel Tom Owens), Jerome Cribbs (Shirley), retired Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Cribbs (Moon), and Juan Miguel Cribbs (Jennifer) and two grandchildren, Sebastian and Jordan.
She was a beautiful lady - loved by many. Memorial service and internment at Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.
Published on November 16, 2018
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